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New Playground and Renovated Restroom Coming to Liberty Park

Construction just began, scheduled for completion this fall

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Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 4:39 p.m.


Spokane, Wash. – Construction on a new playground and renovated restroom at Liberty Park just got underway.

Playground renovations include a new 4,000+ square foot playground area with semi-custom equipment for children ages 2 – 12. New colorful rubberized surfacing will also be placed at the site, to better accommodate people with varied mobility. View image 1, image 2, and image 3.

Playground equipment was selected based on feedback from workshops with neighborhood children, who were asked what they wanted to see at their local playground. The renovation design was also influenced by community input via a survey and the Parks & Natural Lands Master Plan.

“From our Master Plan outreach, we heard the community wants to see investments in neighborhood parks, playgrounds and restrooms, and this important project at Liberty Park addresses those top-tier requests,” said Garrett Jones, director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Spokane. “Liberty is seeing tremendous benefit from the new library, disc golf course, and its existing aquatic center and trail connectivity. The partners that have come together are infusing even more vitality into this historic park.”

Liberty’s renovation project brings together seven partners to revitalize the playground and basketball court. Partners are Hooptown USA, No-Li Brewhouse, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Spokane Arts, Spokane Public Library, City Council, and Spokane Parks & Recreation. 

The renovation is anticipated to be completed by the end of fall. In the meantime, the next-closest playgrounds are at Grant Park and Underhill Park, both less than a mile away.

In addition to the playground and restroom projects, a new disc golf course will be completed by fall. The course is playable now, but will be finalized with concrete tee pads. Of the two basketball courts on site, the one in poor condition will be removed to make way for the playground and the newer basketball court will remain. A new irrigation system is also underway at the park, converting an outdated manual system with a more efficient and automated modern system.

The budget for the playground and restroom renovation is approximately $700,000. Irrigation is budgeted for about $75,000 in materials, with labor provided by Spokane Parks & Recreation staff. Contracts were approved at the March and April Park Board meetings. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including No-Li Brewhouse, Spokane Public Library co-location funding for their new Liberty Park Library, American Rescue Plan funds designated from the City Council, and the Spokane Parks & Recreation budget.

 

 

About City of Spokane Parks & Recreation

City of Spokane Parks and Recreation stewards nearly 120 properties across 4,000 acres of park land, including manicured parks, natural lands, aquatic centers, golf courses, sports complexes, and an arboretum. We also offer hundreds of recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities to improve the health and quality of life for our community. Enjoy all your city has to offer by visiting spokaneparks.org. Follow us @SpokaneParks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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